October 1, 2007

$5-million sound barrier to reduce traffic noise in Gatineau, Quebec

Gatineau, Quebec – Representatives of the federal and provincial governments held a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a sound barrier along the Maloney exit of Highway 50 in Gatineau, Quebec. The barrier will reduce noise pollution caused by traffic which currently affects some 200 households.

The barrier consists of a concrete wall 960 metres long, and is between one and three metres tall on top of a landscaped bank. Made from pre-cast concrete and porcelain ceramic, the barrier should be completed in 2008.

The project is estimated at about $5 million and will be shared by three levels of government: Transport Canada will provide a maximum of $1.5 million, while Transport Quebec and the City of Gatineau will fund the remaining costs equally.

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